You’ve heard of ‘Blexit’, right? Well, if you haven’t it’s the supposed mass exodus of black voters and supporters from the Democratic Party that began a few years back. At the time, the party was in transition from the party of the working American and minorities to that of those whose only concern is more power and riches.
You might remember big names like Candace Owens and former Democrat turned Republican Representative Vernon Jones either making the switch or leading others to do so as the Democratic Party turned farther left and more and more towards elitism.
And apparently, that movement hasn’t slowed down all that much in recent years. In fact, in the past few months, there’s been some 21 black staffers who have left the White House alone or are soon planning to.
Now, to be sure, these staffers aren’t necessarily leaving the party. But they are most certainly leaving the employ of those at the top of said party, which, of course, doesn’t speak well for anyone within its ranks.
According to a new report from Politico, workplace culture is largely to blame.
The outlet spoke to nine former and current black staffers of the Biden administration and what they found was a majority that felt excluded, hamstrung, and cut out of any real decision-making processes.
As one anonymous official said, “We’re here and we’re doing a lot of work but we’re not decision-makers and there’s no real path towards becoming decision-makers. There’s no real feedback and there’s no clear path to any kind of promotions.”
Another said that “People have not had the best experiences and a lot of that has to do with the dearth of black leadership.”
Basically, they are all describing an atmosphere that only promotes those within certain circles, Biden’s inner one. And that is full of cliques and cultivates a culture of elitism that keeps anyone but those already at the very top from getting any real kind of consideration, promotion, or path towards growing their career.
To be sure, Biden has done a good job of hiring what his new press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre calls the “most diverse” staff in the history of our presidents. However, it seems that he’s only doing so to make himself look like he includes everyone.
As these current and former black employees have explained, they are basically just there to fill a status quo and be of service. Hell, we’ve even seen and heard that Vice President Kamala Harris is being used for the same purpose, as she now only handles very behind-the-scenes to-do lists and is only brought out on special occasions, it seems.
No wonder Biden’s approval with black has dropped to around 69 percent in recent months. CNN notes that at this time in his presidency, Barack Obama had approval ratings in the high 80s among black voters.
And for Obama’s former second in command, that’s saying something.
According to one government personnel analyst, the movement has been coined “Blaxit” by those on the inside.
And naturally, it has those who are still in the party more than a bit “concerned,” as president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Spencer Overton says.
As Overton explained, black voters were crucial to Biden and the Democratic Party’s apparent success in 2020 over the Republicans. In fact, some 22 percent of Biden’s voters were black.
But if all those voters, or even a small percentage of them, are now considering an exodus from either Biden’s support, or the party in general, the results could be disastrous for both as the midterm election season only draws closer.
Overton explains that if Biden and the Democratic Party plan to keep those black votes, they are going to have to do more than just recruit minorities. Instead, they will have to start including them in “major policy and personnel decisions,” as well as give them ample opportunities for “advancement.”
But knowing Biden’s penchant for ignoring sound advice, I’m not holding my breath for this one.